Toomer hopes to play

Amani Toomer thinks he'll be ready to go for New York's huge tilt Sunday in Minnesota against the Vikings. <BR><BR> Toomer participated in some individual drills in practice on Friday, but remains questionable for Sunday's game with a strained hamstring.

"He's not able to flat-out turn around and sprint, but it's pretty good progress," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "He does have good strength. So it's day-to-day."

Toomer is optimistic.

"I plan on playing. I plan on doing my thing," Toomer said. "I'll do what I can do. It felt really good. I didn't have any pain or anything whatsoever. Hopefully, when I warm up on Sunday I won't feel anything. I never thought I wasn't going to play."

Coughlin said he will watch Toomer warm up before the game before making a final determination regarding his availability.

*Center Shaun O'Hara remains hospitalized with an infection in his leg.

"He's not out until he's out," Coughlin said. "I would hope this infection could be brought under control in the next 24 hours and he could play."

O'Hara has been hospitalized since Thursday afternoon at the The Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

"Shaun has cellulitis, a bacterial infection of the skin, to his left lower leg and ankle," said Giants Vice President for Medical Services Ronnie Barnes. "The infection appears superficial and is being treated in the hospital with intravenous antibiotics. It began as a red area of the skin that began to swell and spread over a short period of time. The immediate cause of the infection is unknown. Shaun sustained a calf contusion to the same leg in Sunday's game against the Lions, and the injury may be related to the infection."

If O'Hara can't play, Wayne Lucier will start. Lucier started at left guard when the Giants played in Minnesota last year.

"He's an experienced player and he's played there and he's made the calls in that noise," Coughlin said.

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